When adolescents can connect and communicate with authentic audiences about their interests and values, reading and writing become more personally meaningful and relevant. Students can develop their voices and arguments as they express their views towards topics they are passionate about. Giving students the space and agency to share their stories also conveys the importance of their voices in contributing to the broader society.
Starting at 1:23, watch how this tenth grade teacher empowers her students to use their voices to tackle authentic challenges like mass incarceration. As a multi-week project, she gives them time to research, plan, draft, get feedback, and revise their action plans, strengthening their Motivation and Argumentative Reasoning as they become change-makers in this space.
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From 0:22, learn about the website Write the World that curates authentic audience experiences for students. By providing writing prompts, peer groups for feedback, and competitions for students, the site adds rigor and relevance to writing assignments, engages young writers, and prepares them for digital citizenship.
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